I moved into one side of a shotgun double earlier this year, across the bayou from where I used to live and in the lovely back yard am greeted every day by this monstrosity, which I call HouseZilla:
From what I have gathered, the owner of this house took a small Creole cottage and began super sizing it all without any permits. Some neighbors sued and won, but the owner appealed and won. And now the neighbors have appealed that appeal. While all this appealing is going on, I’m stuck with unappealing.
Meanwhile, a friend’s daughter was over babysitting and I was standing outside with a gathering of neighbors and asked what the hold up was with this house because the construction that has been done will now need to be redone as this addition has been left exposed to the elements and by that I mean New Orleans elements – not pretty.
One neighbor said the owner has pulled the race card and so everything has gotten complicated. When she said this, my friend’s daughter who is African American and my son, also African American, were sitting in the living room playing. I didn’t want to continue the conversation because I wasn’t sure which way it was going.
Later, I asked again and found out the owner of the house, who lives in New Orleans East, is Black and that through her supposed connections was able to appeal and win when this has nothing to do with race but everything to do with lack of proper permits. The owner has never lived in the house and no one in the neighborhood knew her, much less knew she was Black.
So here we have a race card on the table and the larger question is who dealt it?
But since I was sitting in my backyard with a friend who is Black and she was describing to me an encounter of the worst kind where a friend’s brother had provoked an argument with her and then he got so mad he called her a N____ B____, and while she was recounting to me this disturbing event, I was looking behind her to HouseZilla and later, I really felt the best thing in that matter might have been the neighbors going to the owner and asking her how they can help her get what she wants that is not at the expense of what they want.
Cause once the lawsuits roll in, and the race card is on the table, someone might as well as called someone a N____ B_____ because all bets are off.